Petersen Farm Day, Sunday September 16, 2012

The third annual Petersen Farm Fall Fair fell on a magical summery day. The weather was perfect, warm but not hot with clear skies. The parking lot field was filled with cars, a great turnout! There were lots of vendors. Many of our central Kitsap farmers were there – Abundantly Green, Harlow Gardens, Pheasant Fields Farm, as well as a sprinkling of other farms, including Davis Farm from Belfair, who brought mulberries! That’s a southern thing, y’all. There were smoothies, crepes, hot dogs, and lumpia. Kids lined up for the hay rides. Fiddlers gave way to The Hometown Band playing marches and waltzes. Shannon Harkness and Diane Fish staffed the WSU booth, displaying some of the fine produce that they have canned this year. They advertised the next Small Farms Expo, Saturday Feb. 9 2013. Save the date! This year the proceeds benefitted the Kitsap Food Co-Op (you’re a member, … Continue reading

WSU Small Farms Expo – connecting producers to buyers

The “Building Bridges” panel at the WSU Small Farms Expo on Saturday, Feb. 11 brought together a retailer, farmer, distributor, co-op buyer, and restauranteur. Retailer: Tony D’Onofrio is the sustainbility manager for Town and Country Markets, which runs the Central Market branches in Poulsbo and Bainbridge. Town and Country finds that local and organic produce comprises half of their produce sales. They generally source from larger farms which can provide large amounts of products for a couple of weeks. Farmer: Paul Gregory of Gregory Farm has a two-acre farm, a typical size for a Kitap County farm. Gregory sells produce through farmers markets, CSA customers, and local restaurants. Distributor: Dale King and his family run Wildly Organic, reaching a market beyond the farmers markets. Customers order online and receive deliveries at home. The distributor offers certified organic produce and has a local only pak (sourced from Nash’s in Sequim). Co-Op: … Continue reading

WSU Small Farms Expo – Sarah Wilcox, Farm to Table

Sarah Wilcox presented “Farm to Table, a Program of Cascade Harvest Coalition” at the second WSU Small Farms Expo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Sarah Garitone Wilcox grew up on a Kitsap Farm and now helps to run the Wilcox farm operation in Pierce County. She’s also the program manager for Cascade Harvest Coalition. The Coalition publishes the Puget Sound Fresh pamphlet. They also work with Sustainable Connections and Seattle Chefs Collaborative to run Farm to Table events connecting speciality farmers with local chefs buyers with farmers. In 2010-2011 time period, funded by a WSDA grant, the events brought together more than 1000 producers and buyers, including 150 specialty crop producers. Wilcox shared several methods to connect producers with buyers. Food Hub offers an entry-level free ad for producers and provides a search engine for buyers, including home cooks, to locate products. The coalition polled producers and buyers and compiled … Continue reading

Winter farm stands

Between the end of the winter markets and the opening of the farmers markets in the spring, you can still pick up farm-fresh produce, eggs, and meat directly from the farm! South Kitsap Blackjack Valley Farm Location: Sidney and Lider, Port Orchard Open: morning to dusk daily Contact: Facebook page Story: Black Jack Valley Farm visit Karen’s farm store runs on the honor system. The refrigerators on the porch usually include milk, frozen beef, and chicken and eggs in season. Central Kitsap Start Now Gardens Location: 1134 Bloomington Avenue, Bremerton Open: pickup days Tuesdays and Fridays Contact: info@startnow.org Story: Start Now Farm Tour Jean Schanen sends out an email each week listing the vegetables available. You email her back with your picks, Glenn puts them out on the table, and you leave your money when you pick up the order. You can email Jean at info@startnow.org to get on the … Continue reading